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The Danger of the single story

February 26, 2010

She’s an amazingly beautiful and inspiring speaker I’m in awe of the messageand can’t think of anything else to contribute.

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Tupac Interview 1998

December 14, 2009

I was actually suprised to see this side of Tupac when I first saw this footage but it also made me feel happy that someone who could appear to be sensitive & fragile could turn into such a Strong Revolutionnary Icon.

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Tiger Wood & Jokes

December 6, 2009

Tiger Woods is newsworthy these days as you might have guessed, even “jokes about Tiger Woods” made a hit on search engines… here’s a few ones

Tiger now has 6 Girlfriends and a 1 Wife… All he needs now is 11 more and he will have his own Golf Course.

Elin Woods may yet be charged with domestic violence.  However, in her defense, it is a Scandinavian tradition to go clubbing on Thanksgiving.

Tiger Wood, or Tiger wouldn’t: that is the question.

Tiger Woods got an offer to star in the new Wayans Brothers sequel called   ” White Chicks 2 ”

The first three things Tiger plans to give up in 2010 are : Cadillacs , Telephone messages, and Swedish Blondes .


The People Speak

November 20, 2009
Lupe Fiasco & Michael Ealy
NYC Premiere Of ‘The People Speak’ backstage at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 19, 2009

The film brings together images, music and narration with re-creations of American moments of resistance. There’s the Declaration of Independence; speeches by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.; songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Public Enemy; and a call to action by Cindy Sheehan among many others.

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The Chicago emcee Lupe Fiasco speaks

November 14, 2009
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 - Day 3

Lupe Fiasco has been on a tear lately.  Once staunchly on the wrong side of leaks and giveaways, the Chicago emcee who once printed a list of reasons why he’s upset with the current leak-heavy music scene has been releasing a tirade of freestyles via blogs and websites.  The reason for Lupe’s surge in activity can be traced to MTV’s Hottest Emcees list of 2009, and Cornell Westside’s (as he’s been dubbed) absence from the list. But for Lupe, inclusion on MTV’s list wasn’t just about ego or the current standing of Lupe Fiaso. As he told us during an exclusive interview,

“For me, another part was ‘I gotta make that list because the kids have to see that you don’t have to do this to be successful.’ If you look at it and 90% of it is negative, it’s like we gotta have something positive on the list.  That’s not taking shots at anybody.  All those people are my homeboys, but if we come down to the nitty gritty and what’s effecting the streets, you got kids getting beat to death in the streets. You really have to take the responsibility to step up and be like, ‘I have to show my success.  I have to work this hard.  I have to be to be looked at as this top ranked dude and top ranked Emcee.  It’s not because I want the glory and fame, but so kids can have a different role model or choice of role model.’  If we’re excluded from that, the top pop culture thing for Hip Hop is devoid of anything positive, oh naw, we got to go to work.  The conscious backpackers have to go to the club and go to work.”

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Media Business ⇒ A Revolutionary Opportunity

November 12, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle Shifts To Glossy Look

It’s perfect time, the newspaper industry is in real trouble – a bunch are up for sale or miring chap 11 (bankruptcy). While Wall Street is remotely eyeing Washington for a cash deal, the medias business’ catastrophe is alone with nothing left but creative minds figuring out how they can reinvent themselves and dump some juicy news contents wherever, whenever we want. In case you missed the train , we are in the midst of real revolutionary times, a lot of things -Wall street’s financial “Coup d’Etat “, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan- are happening around the world, which itself have been unthinkable one or two years ago.

Mario Garcia, The newspaper’s design goddess predicts that soon, a full media’s cadaver list as the market’s death kiss already brought out of whack The Rocky Mountain, The Seattle’s Sentinel and the San Francisco Chronicles will appear. A journalist by training, Mario has designed or redesigned over 547 newspapers during the past 40 years. He doesn’t only know how to stay fresh and edgy but also gives the most demanded tip in the business: staying healthy. In theses fantastic times for medias entrepreneurs, he urges us to rethink the way we operate and embrace news technologies. An openness that may lead us to do innovative products, hit the packs….

Here’s a hint of the fittest media business strategy for the next decade

Monday to Friday
: online contents & mobile news delivery would be the king
Week End : Premium Print edition


John Legend on the Election of Obama

November 10, 2009
Premiere of Overture Films' "Capitalism: A Love Story" - After Party

Newsweek featured a list of the top ten most importants dates on its website Mario Bartorimo, San Francisco Mayor, Condeliza Rice, everyone has an opinion on the matter.For John Legend its November the 4th, the day when Obama was elected, here’s his take on the subject :

Deep down, I knew it would happen. I spent the day excited, optimistic, and a little anxious. And then, as my band and I watched the results come in, President Obama’s victory was announced and the champagne flowed. Tears flowed too, of happiness, relief, ecstasy, pride. I was immensely proud to be American. Proud that Americans had united in a way I had never experienced. We had come together after 9/11, of course, but bonding optimistically over our future was a lot better than doing so over grief and shock. On Nov. 4, Americans reached out, grabbed each others’ hands and became stronger. Instead of grieving hugs, we exchanged jubilant high fives. Our country voted for change. Big change. We voted for a major cultural shift that would realign our country with the times we lived in—to fundamentally transform our approach to health care, education, and international relations. We had dealt a massive blow to cynicism and created a future that looked brighter than our past. Earlier limits on the dreams of American kids were blown away. Older black men and women who lived through decades of the struggle for civil rights saw a previously unimaginable dream come true. This time we were all hopeful, knowing that America would never be the same; it would be better. The era of fear was over and the era of hope had begun.

Legend is a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. Follow him on Twitter.